Please allow Homegrown Folk to readjust your sets.
Hailing from the rust-coated ghettoes of Detroit, Michigan, Homegrown Folk has emerged as the most formidable challenge yet to the current illusions of excess. The triomade up of lyricist Dynomite, producer n8tiveSun and the reclusive MC who refers to himself only as the X Factorprides itself on making quality music for hip hop's everyman, not the cubic zirconium set. Backed by n8tiveSun beats that are at once innovative and well within the hardcore tradition, Dynomite and the X factor showcase on their newest release lyrical gems whose gleam is both brilliant and piercing. There is the uptempo Everyday People, where Dynomite rivets listeners with stunningly detailed narratives about the struggles, conditions and simple pleasures of everyday ghetto life. There is the sublime menace of In Jail. There is the caustic Mic Check, in which the group offers stern rebukes to the pretenders.
And best believe, Homegrown Folk have earned the right to administer such lyrical spankings. The group has appeared on several major rap bills, including Dr. Dre's sold-out Chronic Tour. As performers, both Dynomite and n8tiveSun boast substantial experience in the music game, their snarling lyrics having established the pair years earlier as popular mainstays of Detroit's potent underground. Likewise, the ingenious n8tiveSun has cut his teeth on a wide range of musical projects, including his work as producer of the critically acclaimed hip-hop/poetry compilation EargasmsCrucial Poetics, Vol. 1, which includes Mos Def, the Last Poets and Detroit ghetto poet laureate Jessica Care Moore. Homegrown Folk are also the creators of Flobonics, a web-based radio show that highlights traditional poetry performed over hip hop beats.
We're not trying to be preachy or flossy or any of that, says Dynomite. We're just some hard working brothers who are trying to make music that the everyday listeners can get with, music that sounds like they live. There are some niggas with money, yeah, but the average consumer ain't hardly running around popping Cristal, wearing big diamonds and driving his Bentley through the projects.
The average brother has a job, is trying to pay his car note and his child-support bill and just wants to be able to listen to good music without being made to feel like a failure or a sucker for being true to his shit. We make records for the people. Potent, intoxicating and inviting to the masses and upper classes alikeHomegrown Folk, indeed.
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